Their supporters were outraged by a Georgia Republican Senator’s mispronunciation of the name of Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate Kamala Harris and launched an online campaign using the hashtags “MyNameIs” and “IstandwithKamala”.
During an election rally by US President Donald Trump on Saturday in Macon City, Georgia, a battlefield state, Senator David Perdue mispronounced the name of 55-year-old Kamala Harris.
“KAH ” – mah-lah? Kah-MAH ” – lah? Kamala-mala-mala? I don’t know. Anyway,” he told thousands of his followers.
The mispronunciation outraged a large number of Harris’ supporters, and her spokeswoman Sabrina Singh said, “I’ll keep it simple: if you can pronounce former Senator David Perdue, you can pronounce future Vice President Kamala.” Harris. “
Amit Jani, the Biden Asia-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) campaign outreach coordinator, condemned Perdue and launched the “My Name Is” campaign to “crack down on bigotry”.
BuzzFeed reported Saturday that Perdue, who is seeking re-election from Georgia, has faced backlash for mockingly mispronouncing Harris’s name.
The Perdue spokesman said the senator mispronounced the name and meant nothing.
Several people gave the origin and meaning of their names when they were outraged by the mispronunciation of the Democratic vice-presidential candidate’s name.
Preet Bharara, former attorney general of the powerful southern borough of New York, tweeted, “#MyName is Preet, which means love.”
“#MyNameIs Meenakshi. I am named after the Hindu goddess and my great-great-grandmother. I come from a long line of strong women who have taught me to be proud of my heritage and to be respected – especially from racist white men like @sendavidperdue, that are threatened by us, “tweeted Meena Harris, a lawyer and writer.
Minnesota Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar tweeted, “#MyNameIs Ilham, I prefer Ilhan. I liked the M-Tone that winked the tongue. It means” inspiration “in Arabic. My dad called me Ilham and inspired me to live a life To perform in the service In His honor, I am voting for an inspirational ticket over a desperate and crazy one. “
According to Erin Wilson, National Political Director at Biden for President, his name has Irish origins. “All of our names deserve respect,” she said.
Indian-American democratic fundraiser Shekar Narasimhan said his name means a Hindu god who represents half a man, half a lion and shows courage and humanity.
“My son’s name was Sidarth to symbolize Gautama Buddha, the Enlightened One. We are proud Americans and can pronounce other names correctly,” he tweeted.
Indian-American Congressman Ro Khanna expressed support for presidential candidates Joe Biden and Harris, tweeted, “#MyNameIs Rohit, and my friends call me Ro. It means bright light in Sanskrit.”
Khanna said in the upcoming election that he would vote for an “inclusive” America by voting for Biden and Harris.
“My great-grandmother’s name was Kamala. Not Kamala-Mala-Mala, I don’t know whatever. #MyNameIs Gautam. It means bright light. The kind of bright light that a Biden-Harris government will represent.” tweeted Gautam Raghavan, who leads the Biden campaign transition team.
“#MyNameIs Zhao-Mei-Shin. It means ” beautiful heart ” in Mandarin. My grandparents risked everything and came here to give their children a better life. Now her grandson is the first Sino-American Congresswoman. #IWillVote bc Joe & Kamala know our diversity is our strength, “tweeted Congresswoman Judy Chu.
Perdue’s spokesman John Burke said in a tweet that he argued against the radical socialist agenda.
“Senator Perdue just mispronounced Senator Harris’ name, and he didn’t mean anything by it. He made an argument against the radical socialist agenda that she and her endorsed candidate, Jon Ossoff, are pushing, including the Green New Deal,” said Burke tweeted.
Versha Sharma, a Twitter user, wrote, “Imagine if your co-worker, nearly four years old, did this to you. Perdue and Kamala Harris served together in the Senate for so long. The disrespect is deliberate.”
“#MyNameIs Hiral. It means diamond, bright, full of shine. Sparkle My mother used to say they picked it because she reflected a bright light from me and saw a toughness that made me unbreakable. Glowing Star It is that strength? My mother saw in me that I had the courage to run for Congress, “tweeted Dr. Hiral Tipirneni, candidate for the Indo-American Congress from Arizona.
California Democratic fundraiser Ajay Jain Bhutoria said Harris was attacked by Senator Perdue for her Indian name.
“Please help us fight this bigotry. You will join thousands of celebrities, elected officials and friends in every community by tweeting or sharing #MyNameIs …” he said in an appeal.
“Ajay is an Indian given name with a Sanskrit origin“ Ajaya, ”which means“ undefeated, ”“ unsurpassed, ”“ invincible. ”I’ll keep it simple: if you can pronounce Former Senator David Perdue, you can be the future Vice President Kamala Harris pronounce it. ”“ All of our names deserve respect, ”said Bhutoria.
Indian-American lawmaker Pramila Jaipal said her name comes from the Sanskrit word “prem”, which means love.
“The name is constantly being mispronounced, as is my last name. I only object if it’s done on purpose and continuously. Let’s build an inclusive America. Vote # BidenHarris2020. Our voice, our power,” she tweeted. PTI LKJ ANB